September 20th, 2010
09:43 PM ET

Exploded gas pipeline wasn't on list of most risky segments

A vintage segment of gas pipeline that exploded earlier this month was not on a list of the Pacific Gas & Electric's top 100 risky pipeline segments, the president of the company said Monday.

The 30-inch pipe that exploded in San Bruno, California, on September 9, killing four people, was laid in 1948, the same year a segment just two miles away - one that was on the top 100 list - was laid.

"That segment of pipe?" PG&E president Chris Johns said, referring to the San Bruno segment. "It was not on the top 100 list."

"We were not aware of anything in this particular area that met the criteria of what would have put it on the list," Johns told reporters.

Johns said the list is used for planning purposes and can change.

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  1. phil

    Natural gas pipelines failing is not at all uncommon. The majority of them are in unpopulated areas so nobody dies, and the report doesn't get televised. Kind of like NASCAR...if not for crashes where people get hurt or killed, very few would notice.

    September 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Numbaoneballa

    Yo... It ain't coo fo dem to b playin like dat y'all know waddimean mayne?

    September 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    The democrats are playing with pipelines? What?

    September 21, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |